Self-Care: Selfish or Something Else?

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A bundle of perpetual motion – that’s my newest granddaughter. At five months old, she’s determined to conquer life sooner rather than later! She has little use for sleep – who knows what she might miss out on while recharging? And IF she must sleep, she wants to enjoy it in the arms of Mom. She’s not yet figured out how delightful life can be with sleep or how sleeping on her own would do great things for her and even greater things for her mom! Babies aren’t much for self-care!  Sadly, the majority of adults I meet aren’t so … Read More

How to Simplify Your Schedule

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I am no Imelda Marcos! The first lady of the Philippines was known for her extravagant lifestyle including her enormous shoe collection – 1060 pairs! My shoe collection: miniscule by comparison. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a sweet pair of shoes. Back when I was in college, I had the privilege of spending a summer studying abroad. It was an amazing learning experience. While in Paris, the highlight for me was not the learning, but a beautiful pair of red flats that I purchased – a souvenir of sorts! Red is my favorite color, so they had that going … Read More

7 Steps to Simplifying Your Life

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Who doesn’t love Christmas morning? The stockings, the gifts, the yummy cinnamon rolls and egg casserole – at least that’s how we roll at my house. It was always such fun as a parent to watch my kids unwrap their gifts and be delighted with the contents. This year I was able to enjoy that same fun feeling with my grandkids –at least my oldest grandson. My granddaughters are both still a bit young to truly enjoy the wonder of Christmas like they will in years to come. The funny thing is that you can take care in picking the … Read More

7 Simple Ways to Be More Organized

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This year one of the changes I wanted to make was getting more organized. I created some new systems that have made work run smoother – I’m quite pleased about that! And I’ve nibbled away at the boxes in my basement, although there are still more to go. It doesn’t take much to put off organizing, especially when life is full…and it’s almost always full, right? And when things aren’t organized, it is frustrating and wastes time. You find yourself hunting for things, doing things over, missing deadlines – the list goes on! When you are organized, you can be … Read More

Skip Resolutions – Embark on a One Word Adventure Instead

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Did you make New Year’s resolutions in 2017? Here’s what the top ten New Year’s resolutions were for 2017 according to the 2000 people they surveyed. Perhaps you too made one or more of these resolutions. While it’s traditional to make New Year’s resolutions, it’s something I rarely do! Did you know that only 1 out of 10 people who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them? That isn’t very motivating to me. Given that 55% of Americans don’t make New Year’s resolutions at all, tells me I am not alone. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I’ve been adopting … Read More

10 Ways to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

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Cooking is a creative outlet for me; a chance to experiment and indulge in luscious food. In the last 31 years, have yet to make a turkey for Thanksgiving or any other time of year!  That’s one of the few culinary tasks I delegate to my husband so that I am free to focus on all the other yummy sides and desserts.  After all, my husband has some mad turkey cooking skills! Over the years, he’s smoked them, baked them in brown paper bags, and even prepared them in the crock pot! For the last few years, our turkeys have … Read More

How I Set My Day Up for Success

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It’s no secret – there are 24 hours in each day. Whether you are wildly famous or an unknown, you have the same number of hours in your day. How you choose to use your hours – that makes all the difference! And how you choose to start your day – that has the potential to alter all that follows! There’s no one right way to start your day. Your morning routine must work for you. Here are the morning routines of some well-known folks: Queen Elizabeth II: She begins her day by waking up at 7:30am. A cup of … Read More

What’s Your Go To Question?

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Everybody has their own story and unique motivations that prompt them to do what they do. That’s why I enjoy character driven movies, biographies, and meeting new people. People are fascinating! Getting to know someone new is like unwrapping a gift – you just never know how their life will impact and change yours. Sometimes it isn’t even getting to know someone new, but taking the time to go deeper with someone you already know and discovering a side of them that you didn’t know existed. Lately, I have been noticing a sad phenomenon. Perhaps a habit that social media … Read More

6 Obstacles To A Life Bursting with Gratitude

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Change follows a shift in thinking. Without a shift in your thinking, the odds are good that even with tremendous willpower you will drift back to your old ways. Beliefs are woven intricately into the tapestry of your life, making them hard to put your finger on, hard to isolate and identify. And tricky to see all that your thread of thought is connected to. As a coach, there is nothing more rewarding then witnessing a shift in a client’s thinking. That “Ah ha” moment is priceless! I get just as tickled when working with my own coach and the … Read More

10 Things You Need to Quit… Yesterday!

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Quitting – no one likes to be a quitter. There is a certain stigma associated with quitting. Yet sometimes, hanging on is the worst decision there is! Quitting can feel like failure… or giving up… or not being determined enough to see something through. It is an ending, and endings are hard. In addition to the pain, it can feel like it is marring your character. Too often you linger on letting something continue to drain you rather than having the courage it takes to quit and take a fresh course. That’s why quitting is not for wimps! There is … Read More